Bugs

Bugs - Episodes 2-5

Episode 2: Backyard Bug Hunt

Episode 2: Backyard Bug Hunt

**Episode 2: Backyard Bug Hunt** In today's episode, we’ll focus on how to find and observe invertebrates in your backyard. We’ll also cover why bugs are so crucial in keeping a healthy garden. **Today’s Task** Weather dependent, head outside for a bug hunt. Post your photos and drawings of bugs that you find in the comments box below. Here are some handy resources to help you identify your bugs: Ash’s invertebrate score sheet: https://www.facebook.com/pg/BackyardBiodiversityTaranaki/menu/ Online bug key: https://www.landcareresearch.co.nz/resources/identification/animals/bug-id/what-is-this-bug For feedback from experts, upload your bug photos to iNaturalist NZ https://inaturalist.nz/home Join the StayiNatHome project to check out what other New Zealanders have been finding in their backyards since lockdown: https://inaturalist.nz/projects/stayinathome-nz For further resources, check out our website: TRC website: https://www.trc.govt.nz/backyard-biodiversity/ Join us again on Friday for a fun feature on New Zealand mantis or rō. Ka kite anō au i a koutou / See you soon! #Rotokare #TRC #BackyardBiodiversity #GetOutside

Posted by Backyard Biodiversity - Taiao Taiepa Ki Tua on Monday, 6 April 2020

 
Post your bug photos and drawings here: facebook.com/BackyardBiodiversityTaranaki(external link)

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Episode 3: Mantis fun feature

Episode 3: Mantis Fun Feature

**Episode 3: Mantis Fun Feature** Do you have mantis/rō in your garden? Are they native New Zealand rō or introduced South African mantis? Find out all you need to know about mantis in this Backyard Biodiversity special, packed with fun facts. **Easter Task** While you’re out in the garden hunting for easter eggs, see if you can find any mantis. If you find one, post a photo in the comments box below and let us know if it's an All Black or a Springbok. If you can’t find a mantis, post a drawing instead. Here are some handy resources: Mantis facts: http://www.terrain.net.nz/friends-of-te-henui-group/local-insects/praying-mantis.html How to draw a mantis: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7NaUw1K8GU Join us again on Tues to find out how to build a bug hotel and weta motel. Ka kite anō au i a koutou / See you soon! #Rotokare #TRC #BackyardBiodiversity #GetOutside

Posted by Backyard Biodiversity - Taiao Taiepa Ki Tua on Thursday, 9 April 2020

 
Post your mantis photos and drawings here: facebook.com/BackyardBiodiversityTaranaki(external link)

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Episode 4: Building a Bug Whare

Episode 4: Building a Bug Whare

**Episode 4: Building a Bug Whare** In today’s episode we’ll show you how to make your garden irresistible to native invertebrates by providing good bug habitat. We’ll talk you through how to make a bug hotel and wētā motel using materials you’re likely to have at home already. **Today's Task** Hunt for resources and create your very own bug hotel or wētā motel. Post photos or videos of your finished hotels and of any bugs that occupy it. Here are some handy resources: Build a wētā motel: https://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/toyota-kiwi-guardians/take-action/build-a-weta-motel/ https://www.doc.govt.nz/get-involved/conservation-activities/exploring-nature-with-children-booklet/in-your-own-backyard/build-a-weta-motel/ Instructions for a 5 star wētā motel: https://www.doc.govt.nz/globalassets/documents/conservation/native-animals/invertebrates/weta-motel-design.pdf Learn about pūtangatanga or tree wētā: http://www.terrain.net.nz/friends-of-te-henui-group/local-insects/tree-weta.html http://wetageta.massey.ac.nz/Text%20files/tree%20weta%20ecology.html https://www.pestdetective.org.nz/on-the-case/2018/rat-or-weta-droppings/ For further resources, check out our website: TRC website: https://www.trc.govt.nz/backyard-biodiversity/ Join us again on Friday for a backyard night tour. Ka kite anō au i a koutou / See you soon! #Rotokare #TRC #BackyardBiodiversity #GetOutside

Posted by Backyard Biodiversity - Taiao Taiepa Ki Tua on Monday, 13 April 2020

 
Post your bug hotel photos here: facebook.com/BackyardBiodiversityTaranaki(external link)

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Episode 5: Exploring at Night

Episode 5: Exploring at Night

**Episode 5: Exploring at Night** For today’s episode of Backyard Biodiversity, we’re staying up past our bedtime for a nighttime adventure in the garden. Much of Aotearoa’s wildlife is nocturnal. You’ll be amazed how much there is to see and hear in your garden after the sun has set! **Tonight's Task (or the next dry evening!)** Gather the fam and go on a night tour of your garden. Send us your spooky selfies and pictures or videos of any critters you see or hear. Here are some handy resources: New Zealand nocturnal wildlife: https://www.forestandbird.org.nz/resources/wild-nightlife Learn all about moths or pūrerehua: https://mothnet.org/ https://mothnet.org/assets/Guides/Guide-Downloads/Beginners-Guide-to-Macro-Moths-Nga-Paihau.pdf Become a night photography nerd (pretty technical): https://www.format.com/magazine/resources/photography/night-photography-tips For further resources, check out our website or YouTube channel: Website: https://www.trc.govt.nz/backyard-biodiversity/ YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/RotokareTrust Join us again on Tuesday for a backyard bird extravaganza. Ka kite anō au i a koutou / See you soon! #Rotokare #TRC #BackyardBiodiversity #GetOutside

Posted by Backyard Biodiversity - Taiao Taiepa Ki Tua on Thursday, 16 April 2020

 
Post your spooky selfies and night critter pics here: facebook.com/BackyardBiodiversityTaranaki(external link)

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